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Baker Street
Location in Sherlock Holmes
Sherlock Holmes (Granada) Baker Street intro
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Location London, England
Appearances Sherlock Holmes (Granada)

Baker Street is a street in Victorian era London, which includes several shops, businesses and terraced residential houses. The street is a fairly lively place, with locals and shoppers wandering about their daily business, newsboys promoting the latest issues of local newspapers, moderate traffic on the road, and so on. One of the local residences is 221B Baker Street, the home of famous consulting detective Sherlock Holmes and his closest friends.

Behind the scenes

In the ITV/Granada Television adaptations , Baker Street and several adjacent streets are represented by a detailed period backlot, purpose-built for the series at Granada Studios in Manchester during the early 1980s. In addition to this main backlot, several smaller backlots were also built to represent generic Victorian era London streets and alleys. [1] Between 1988 and 1999, the Sherlock Holmes backlots were open to the public, as part of the Granada Studios Tour.

Trivia

  • Various parts of this version of Baker Street and its mundane hustle and bustle are featured heavily in the series' opening titles. This iconic sequence ends on a shot of Sherlock Holmes thoughtfully watching the street from the windows of 221B Baker Street. The sequence was also later homaged in one of the early scenes of "The Abominable Bride", the 19th century themed special of the BBC series Sherlock that premiered on New Year's Day 2016.
  • Period traffic on the street's road includes Hansom cabs, cyclists, delivery carts, and even a green-coloured double-decker open-top omnibus, serving London's then public transport. A very similar one appeared in the Sherlock special's homage of the opening sequence.[2] [3] Early passenger cars have also occassionally appeared on the street in some of the Granada series' episodes (e.g. The Problem of Thor Bridge). [4] [5] [6]
  • The theme heard in the series' opening titles also represents the leitmotif of Baker Street and Holmes' residence at 221B Baker Street.

Gallery

  • Newspaper sellers on Baker Street promoting the latest editions
  • Latest newspaper editions promoted on Baker Street (including news of murder mysteries)
  • Street urchins fooling around in front of a glassware shop window
  • Police constable intervening in the urchins' pranks in front of a shop window
  • A Hansom cab, various carriages and a horsebus in the road traffic on Baker Street
  • A double-decker horsebus passing by (as seen from 221B)

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